I'll say it's a fair deal. I wouldn't have given him much more than AJ Burnett money and would probably rather have Lackey than Burnett anyways. I'm a little shocked Boston went out and made this move, since they are sort of in no man's land with so many lousy contracts still on the books for this year. I'll be interested in seeing what their final payroll number comes to for this coming year.
That's disappointing, but not surprising. I thought the writing was on the wall when Scioscia pulled Lackey from game five of the ALCS. I just had a feeling, right then and there, that Lackey wasn't coming back. It'll be interesting to see how he does in Boston, though.
I believe, with Chone Figgins now at the Mariners, that there is no longer anyone from the 2002 Wold Series winning team currently on the Angels' roster.
I went to get my copy of "The Book of Basketball" at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. When I finally met Bill Simmons, we shook hands, he commented on my Angels shirt and asked if I'd miss Vlad Guerrero, and after he signed my book and gave me some encouraging words, I told him we'd see the Celtics in June.
"Oh yeah. And by the way, thanks for John Lackey."
I had no response to that, because I knew he was probably right.
I will now dunk my head in an Angel Stadium waterfall.
His "personal problems" revolved around a lawsuit filed in the Dominican by former major-leaguer Mario Guerrero. He demanded compensation for helping Mondesi reach the big leagues, or improving his game, something of that nature.